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  • new storyHouse to take up Wolf tax plan in bid to end budget impasse 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 3:01 am

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The latest push to resolve Pennsylvania's 3-month-old budget impasse is going before state lawmakers in the form of a proposal by Gov. Tom Wolf to raise billions in new taxes.

  • Financial regulators move to restrict forced arbitration 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 1:49 am

    NEW YORK - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering rules that would severely curtail a contentious practice called forced arbitration, which consumer advocates have long argued does a disservice to people who have disputes with banks, credit card issuers and other financial service providers.

  • California governor to sign aggressive climate change bill 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 11:15 pm

    LOS ANGELES - California is doubling down in its fight against global warming.

  • AP NewsBreak: Alaska hired consultants ahead of Obama visit story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 10:26 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker's administration spent $50,000 on consultants to help prepare for a visit by President Barack Obama and nearly another $2,000 on a professional photographer to capture what was described as a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

  • Medicaid plan gets first public hearing but no vote yet 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 10:25 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - State lawmakers held the first public hearing Tuesday evening on a new plan to help thousands of Utah's poor get health insurance by expanding Medicaid. They didn't take any action on the plan, however, after hearing hours of testimony from doctors, advocates for the poor and more.

  • US commerce secretary in Cuba for talks on improving trade 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 8:53 pm

    HAVANA - The U.S. commerce secretary arrived in Cuba on Tuesday for talks about steps taken by President Barack Obama to ease the trade embargo against the communist-ruled island.

  • After comments, Regulators must decide rooftop solar rules 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 8:47 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - Supporters of proposed Mississippi rules to ease installation of rooftop solar panels portrayed them Tuesday as a boon that will benefit all utility customers, while utilities expressed varying degrees of concern about the possibility of shifting costs to poorer customers.

  • Asian cinema masterpieces, ferry tragedy at Korean film fest story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 8:40 pm

    BUSAN, South Korea - South Korea's second-largest city is in a festive mood as the Busan Film Festival passes the midpoint.

  • The Latest: Prosecutor: Ex-UN official implicated himself story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 8:05 pm

    NEW YORK - The latest on allegations that former United Nations General Assembly President Josh Ashe accepted bribes to help a Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople gain investments and government contracts (all times local):

  • US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 8:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to internal figures obtained by The Associated Press as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton called Obama's deportation policies too harsh.

  • Right-to-die backers say California helps fight elsewhere story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-06-15 7:53 pm

    SAN DIEGO - It will soon be legal for the terminally ill to end their own lives in the nation's most populous state, and right-to-die advocates expect other states to follow California's example.

  • A look at efforts to legalize physician-assisted deaths 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 7:34 pm

    SAN DIEGO - California's governor has signed a bill that will give the terminally ill in the nation's most populous state the right to end their lives with drugs prescribed by a doctor.

  • House GOP taps Lehman to succeed McMillin as majority leader story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 7:30 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - House Republicans on Tuesday elected a socially conservative lawmaker from northern Indiana to replace former House Majority Leader Jud McMillin, who abruptly resigned last week citing "mistakes" that needed to be remedied with his family.

  • Senate panel probing VW's use of tax credits 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 6:08 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Finance Committee opened a probe Tuesday into Volkswagen's use of a federal tax credit intended for fuel-efficient cars as the company's emissions-rigging scandal widened.

  • VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 6:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - When Volkswagen's top American executive heads to Capitol Hill this week, he probably won't be able to count on longtime allies among the lawmakers investigating the company's emissions cheating scandal.

  • Column: Daily fantasy contests in trouble without regulation 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 5:32 pm

    LAS VEGAS - The incessant commercials promising big money and fun times were by themselves enough to sour millions of Americans on the idea of betting on daily fantasy sports.

  • Senate approves higher fines to keep cigarettes from minors 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 5:18 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - Michigan lawmakers want to make it costlier for stores that sell cigarettes to minors and the minors who illegally buy them.

  • Keystone XL developer seeks different approval for route 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 5:13 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - The Canadian company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is taking steps to circumvent one of the major roadblocks in Nebraska.

  • Idaho tax group meets publicly for first time 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 5:10 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho committee is examining the state's complicated tax code to try to come up with policy fixes for when lawmakers return to Boise come January.

  • Illinois stops paying local health clinics for STD testing 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 4:36 pm

    CHICAGO - Illinois has notified more than 100 jails, health departments and family planning programs that the state will no longer provide free testing for HIV, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases at state labs, a move that shifts the cost to local jurisdictions.

  • Portugal's president urges parties to unite, seek compromise story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 4:01 pm

    LISBON, Portugal - Portugal's president urged politicians on Tuesday to set aside their bickering and find compromises in the national interest after an election that threatened to bring a period of damaging instability.

  • Indiana's high court takes up lawmaker email case 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 3:55 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Supreme Court will hear an appeal involving a lawsuit seeking a lawmaker's emails and other correspondence with utility company officials over solar power legislation he sponsored.

  • Haslam says long-term plan needed for road project backlog 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 3:49 pm

    MURFREESBORO, Tennessee - Gov. Bill Haslam says a long-term revenue plan is needed to address Tennessee's growing list of unfunded road projects.

  • Senate moves ahead on defense bill facing veto threat 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 3:43 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Senate moved forward Tuesday on a sweeping, $612 billion defense policy bill despite a presidential veto threat stemming from larger budget disputes that have hamstrung Washington.

  • Walker wants to work with senators on transportation money 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 3:40 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker told Republican state senators on Tuesday he wants to work with them to find a way to pay for delayed road construction projects that are held up because lawmakers haven't been willing to borrow more money to pay for them.